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The Fleet's 40th Anniversary Fan Favorite Film Festival


  • WHEN Ongoing from now until September 5, 2013[days & times]
  • WHERE Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST $12.75 - $15.75

We often hear comments from our patrons that they wish this amazing adventure film or that exploration of the wild could be brought back again so they could share them with friends and family who may not have caught the original run. Now’s your chance!

The powers-that-be at the Fleet decided to give the people what they want, so we sent out surveys, polled our Facebook friends, and are now ready with the results of the voting for the 40th Anniversary Fan Favorite Film Festival! Catch all your favorite IMAX® films this summer in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, starting July 5!

We received 569 surveys that selected the top three favorites from a list of 16 possible films (plus write-ins). The top nine vote-earners will be featured in The Fleet’s 40th Anniversary Fan Favorite Film Festival. One film will play twice a day* each week, Friday through Thursday, from July 5 through September 5, 2013.

The films will screen in the following order: "Hubble," "Yellowstone," "Dolphins," "Adventures in Wild California," "Mysteries of Egypt," "Everest," "Coral Reef Adventure," "Lewis & Clark: The Great Journey West," and "Grand Canyon Adventure." We will also be showing current IMAX favorites "Flight of the Butterflies" and "To the Arctic" this summer, in addition to the planetarium show "Cosmic Collisions" and "Rocky Mountain Express."

We can also share our summer/early fall schedule for IMAX en Español, the third Sunday of each month at 4PM.: July 21 will launch into space with "Hubble"; August 18 takes you along with "Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West"; and September 14 introduces you to the adorable polar bear family in "To the Arctic."


July 5: "Hubble" - This film features stunning imagery of distant galaxies, the birth of stars and planets, plus NASA's last mission to service one of history's most important observatories.

July 12: "Yellowstone" - This film showcases the spectacular beauty, dramatic geothermal activity and wildlife unique to this region, from sunrise over the Grand Tetons to a trip inside Old Faithful.

July 19: "Dolphins" - Take the plunge with dolphins, from the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the wind-swept seas of Patagonia, in this Academy Award-nominated film.

July 26: "Adventures in Wild California" - Get wild in the Golden State with acrobatic snowboarders, affable otters, aerobatic skysurfers, adventurous botanists and adrenaline-pumping surfers.

August 1: "Mysteries of Egypt" - Set against the wondrous backdrop of the sweeping Nile and the majestic Giza pyramids, this film takes you on an engaging journey through the Land of the Pharaohs.

August 9: "Everest" - The dramatic true story of a team of climbers who found hope, strength and triumph in the wake of tragedy on the world’s highest mountain.

August 16: "Coral Reef Adventure" - Soar over the volcanic peaks of Tahiti, dive 350 feet to explore deep corals off the shore of Fiji and swim among hundreds of sharks in the canyons of the Rangiroa atoll.

August 23: "Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West" - The journey that shaped a nation is re-created in this film, which depicts the great hardships and incredible scenery the explorers encountered.

August 30: "Grand Canyon Adventure" - Travel deep into the Grand Canyon on a 15-day river-rafting trip. Your pulse will quicken as you join this thrilling ride downriver through raging rapids and breathtaking canyons.

This film festival schedule guarantees lots of reel changes for the projectionists—and a chance to catch up on a film or two that you may have missed! Regular pricing for festival films will apply, but we’re exploring offering voucher packs for multiple festival films and a potential discount on add-ons for festival films only.

**In some cases, for instance, if we close early for a special event, a film may play only once during the day.

The 40th Anniversary Fan Favorite Film Festival runs from July 5 through September 5, 2013.

Giant Dome Theater show admission (1 film + access to all exhibit galleries): Adults $15.75; Children $12.75; Seniors $12.75.

Hours: The Fleet’s summer hours will be 10AM–6PM daily. Between now and July 5, normal hours are Monday–Thursday 10AM–5PM, Friday & Saturday 10AM–7PM and Sunday 10AM–6PM.

For information on tickets and showtimes, call (619) 238-1233 or visit our website at

Location: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101 Google Map

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Promotional logo for the Reuben H. Fleet's 40th Anniversa...

Above: Promotional logo for the Reuben H. Fleet's 40th Anniversary. Courtesy of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.


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